Saying goodbye to 2018 – August

August 1, 2018 –
Community pulls together at July 24, fundraiser for Falher family who experienced house fire
Everyone worries about having a house fire, seeing their home destroyed or seriously damaged and family heirlooms and personal mementos lost.
Along with the emotional turmoil there is the physical upheaval of having to find alternative accommodation while the usually protracted processes such as dealing with insurance companies etc. are addressed.
And no matter how vigilant and careful we are that devastating moment can arise from the most unlikely and totally unforeseen circumstances.
On the afternoon of July 3, Marcel and Val Viens experienced the unthinkable. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident but the emotional trauma of seeing one’s home on fire cannot be minimized or fully understood unless one has been through it.
However, experiencing adversity can also show the value of living in a small town where friends, neighbours, local businesses and the community at large immediately respond by asking what they can do to help.
On July 24, a fundraiser event to assist the Viens family was held at the Centre Chevaliers.
Organized by Victor and Eveline Roy, the event was a perfect example of community spirit and generosity.
About 170 people attended the event that also received a lot of cooperation from local businesses and individuals who donated items for the auction, bake sale and draws and also donated food for the event.

August 8, 2018 –
The Great Benjamins Circus offered classic entertainment in Falher on July 27
The Great Benjamins Circus raised its big top in Falher on July 27, putting on two shows at 4pm and 7pm.
While many may think we have grown too jaded or too sophisticated for the circus, I doubt that the aura around the travelling circus will ever entirely lose its sense of magic and allure, especially for children.
The quintessential opening scenario of many a romantic, adventurous story is with the main protagonist running away with the circus.
It is an enduring archetype of an exciting, bohemian life but not an isolated one as there is the fraternity of the circus family, a society that historically also accepted those that mainstream society rejected.
The sheer scale of logistics and coordination required to put on a show is remarkable.

August 15, 2018 –
The challenges of extrication in a school bus
Firefighters for Smoky River Emergency Services recently trained for removing people out of a school bus, and they had to learn how to work in its tight confines.
They held their training session at the fire hall in Falher during the evening of Aug. 1, using an old school bus from the High Prairie School Division. Two firefighters, Chris Gullett and Kelley MacNeil, acted as the injured parties.

August 22, 2018 –
Nortre Dame de Lourdes annual August 15 Pilgrimage, blessed with ideal weather
In the Roman Catholic tradition, August 15 is designated the Feast of the Assumption, the main feast celebrating the Blessed Virgin.
The Catholic celebration commemorates both the departure of the Virgin Mary from mortal life and the assumption of her body into heaven.
On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish in Girouxville held its annual pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage has taken place each year since 1942, first at a small, simple rock grotto on the same site where the current grotto was built in 1962.

August 29, 2018 –
Kimiwan Birdwalk marked the end of season with its annual “End of Summer Barbeque”
The Kimiwan Birdwalk Interpretive Centre in McLennan in conjunction with McLennan Northern Alberta Railway Museum held its annual End of Summer Barbeque on August 23.
Due to wet, cold weather the BBQ venue was moved from the deck of the Interpretive Centre to the Elks Hall.


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